I’ve always found that the more protein I incorporate into my meal the longer I stay full. I feel like I make a pretty conscious effort to eat protein with my main meals–breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For example, breakfast included eggs and black beans.
Oh, and some blueberries before class…
However, I’ve found that my snacks always lack protein. I’ll have a piece of fruit or something carby–but nothing that really packs a protein punch!
Well, that is, until today.
Enter a protein packed snack!
Protein powder + water (not pictured) + 1/4 cup raw almonds
This is my friend Rob’s go-to snack of choice. And he is in ridic shape and knows SO much about fitness/nutrition. When I showed him my snack today he told me the reason why almonds and something like a protein shake make a good snack is because the balance of protein and healthy fats will make you feel fuller for a longer period of time. I think it’s because it takes your body a bit longer to use up the energy from the mixture of protein and fat.
Anyway, he was right (like I ever doubted him)! I ate my almonds around 10:30 and drank my protein shake a bit after that and powered me to lunch–which I ate a bit later today, around 2:00 pm.
I am def going to try to incorporate this snack into my daily diet and see how it impacts my hunger levels. I’ll keep you posted!
Lunch: Burrito bowl! Except I didn’t pay lots of $$$ at Chipolte.